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Why is it that every time something goes wrong in the US government, we immediately blame the President?

We've got THREE branches of government! Checks and balances! He's a President, not a king, meaning he is not all-powerful! He can't just snap his fingers and make a law (for example). Some of the things people blame him for aren't even in his power! Most of the things people blame the President for are controlled by the Legislative branch, the President is on the Executive branch!

So why is the President always the one who's blamed?

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Because most people are ignorant on how this country actually functions.

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He is the Leader. It s his job to lead.

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Often if the Congress wants to do something, no matter how rash it is, the President can do nothing about it, because he doesn't have the power too!
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He has the power of veto.
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He can only veto laws.
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well you used alw as an example. The president is the voted leader. It is his responsibility to assure the congress, state reps ect work hard for the people. There are so many ways he could do this. For example.. He could do what any good boss would do. Go to the source of the problems and say ok. we are here to get this job done. Let's get to it. And sit in congress or senate or state house until they move thier butts.
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Yeah. He can't do that.
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Why can't he?
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The State of the Union address by the President (as it's called currently) is historically the venue by which the President directly addresses Congress, either in writing or in person.
This is the President's way to outline his legislative agenda, to urge Congress to act on an immediate issue (Wilson, Roosevelt, etc, re war), or to comment on recent measures passed by Congress and his views.
The fact that this speech has been broadcast for several decades makes people assume it's meant for the public ears. Well, that may be a new secondary purpose Now, true
-- but it's primary purpose since the days of George Washington's presidency 230+ years ago has been (and still is) for direct "on-the-record" communication between the President and the Congress as a whole.
That's how the President can lead in person, and say "here's what needs to be done, so get it done".
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Also, since no politician (congress/senate) wants to be held solely responsible for a controversial move -- but when the President directly says in the State of the Union address that he wants something done, then he is actively and publicly saying "do it -- and I take full responsibility for the decision".
This frees up the legislators a bit and gets them moving forward.
Which is what a boss/leader is for.
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Well he could then. He chooses not to. Actions speak louder than words. I would drive down there and walk in and say let's get this done.
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I remember some woman comedian joking about what we need is a "strong black woman" for president.
All she'd have to do is is the "finger pointing with the head waggle" and start threatening "Don't you MAKE me put my HEELS on and come down there!"
Might work, ya know? Hee.
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lol
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Because "the buck" stops there as Teddy Roosevelt said.

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Yeah, as in he can veto a law. But then the veto can be overruled by a two-thirds majority vote in both of the houses.
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Actually, he can just "snap his finger" and make a law. It's called an Executive Order.
Presidents have quite a bit of power, and are also heavily involved in appointing some high jobs in the Legislative and Judicial branches.
--- And, you know that phrase "to pass the buck", which means to avoid taking responsibility? Well, President Truman had a sign on his Oval Office desk that said "The buck stops here".
I think most people figure that still applies.

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good answer
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Thank :D
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In the presidents case,S... Can defy gravity, and roll uphill

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Heehee!
I always loved the PC phrase:
"Feces eventuates. Then accelerates."
Heh, now you're saying it also "increases elevation"?
I'm loving it.
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Because he's in charge, and he should get congress to work together, which he has no intention or interest in doing.

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I was not referring to any president in particular
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It's part of his job. To get blamed for everything that's not his fault. Trust me he's not losing any sleep over the ignorant insults.

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I would hope not!
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